Fishing for a pike with a fishing rod
The pike has gained extraordinary popularity among numerous anglers. For beginner fishing enthusiasts, it is at first an object of passionate desire, and then usually becomes the first major prey. It can also be an attractive opponent for an experienced angler, who, when going to the water in search of sports satisfaction, resigns from the use of excessively solid equipment. The magnet that reliably attracts supporters of catching this fish is, above all, the emotional awareness of the still current possibility of meeting really great art.
Successful fishing depends on many factors, first of all, from the appropriate adaptation of the fishing method to the biological properties of the species. An indispensable condition when fishing for pike is the use of a moving bait. In addition to live baits, which move by themselves, dead or artificial can be used, moved by the angler. In the first case, it is referred to as "live", the second distinguishes several further methods, among which we allow spinning and fishing with an ice spinner. There is a great variety of equipment design details in all types of pike fishing, a detailed description of which can be found in specialized angling literature.
The rod for fishing with live bait has a traditional structure and consists of well-known elements: fishing rods, fishing line, float, sinker, the leader, an anchor or a system of hooks and reels. The rod should, be strong, with a not very flexible tip and rather long (5—6 m), especially when fishing from the bank. If the reel has enough line to spare (60— 100 m), it may have a cross-section not greater than 0.35- 0,40 mm, but it should end with a metal leader 25-30 cm long. The size of the float must be so selected, so that the bait fish cannot sink it. However, floats that are too large can not only discourage the predator, when it feels resistance to sinking, but moreover, they make it difficult to cast the bait and execute the jam effectively. Casting the fishing rod is much easier with the use of a floating float, provided with holes, through which the line can move freely (drawing).
Drawing. Floats used for fishing pike with a rod.
At the time of the ejection, the float is placed close to the weight, which one then, falling down, he has been pulling the line behind him for so long, until a piece of rubber attached to it at the appropriate height catches the upper hole. Above the float you can place 3-4 small additional floats on the line (aviators), to keep the line afloat, and also indicate the direction of escape of the fish sinking the head float.
The annoying disadvantage of conventional live rods is the constant risk of the line becoming entangled by a mobile one, wide-ranging bait. This can be prevented by connecting the float to the nearest pilot - which must then be larger - with a wire keeping the livestock at a safe distance from the line running towards the rod.. Placing a movable weight in front of the pilot places the bait in a designated place, from where it cannot escape into the thickets of nearby plants (drawing).
Drawing. A rod tangled by live bait and an improved method of mounting the live rod (according to Wyganowski).
This method also allows to protect the float from the wind pushing it towards the bank, and in rivers - where pilots and wire are not needed - before drifting.
Everywhere, where the use of a float is not convenient, and the bait should be in a precisely marked place (e.g.. between the vegetation, near roots and other snags, especially in strong winds) floatless "pater-noster" rods are used, which are held at the bottom by a sinker, and the livestock swims higher around the main line attached to it with a metal strap (drawing). The vibration of the rod tip reveals the predator's attack.
Drawing. Two ways to mount the pater-noster (according to Wyganowski).